Sunday Stories for February 15, 2015

It’s been a busy week of projects, planning some upcoming travel, and a couple of good books, so I didn’t have as much time to dig into online reading. Still, I found a couple of good articles that I’m happy to recommend.

I hope you enjoy these:
Airplane wing taken out the window

Pedro M. Gardete: Fellow Airline Passengers Influence What You Buy

This was an interesting study about group purchasing dynamics. I’ve never really thought about it before, but I’m going to do my own little informal research on my next few flights. Have you seen this principle in action?

If the passenger sitting next to you on a flight buys a snack or a movie, does that make it more likely that you, too, will buy something?

Yes, says Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor Pedro M. Gardete. He examined what’s known as social effect — when our behavior is influenced by the behavior of others — by studying one market, items for sale on an airplane during a flight.

75 years ago – the night when everything changed

This emotional story is about the kind of travel most of us never have to make. At times it may be difficult to read. Read it anyway.

My parents spent their early childhood years in what was then eastern Poland (now Belarus and Ukraine). The outbreak of war in 1939 saw the almost-immediate invasion of their homelands by the Soviet Union, and my dad’s father was soon arrested and never seen again. In the early hours of 10th February 1940, their families, and tens of thousands of others like them, received a sharp knock on the door in the middle of the night. Within hours they were forced to leave their homes in temperatures as low as -40ºC. They carried the bare minimum of possessions as they set off on a journey which would see them deported to Siberia. Although they couldn’t know it at the time, they would not return to their home villages for another 68 years.

Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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